Manolo Blahnik Execs Open CT Restaurant/Wine Bar

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tavoloIf your idea of dining includes a little celebrity vibe, you might want to head out to Bantam and its new Arethusa al tavolo.

It’s the newest business venture of Manolo Blahnik execs, George Malkemus and Tony Yurgaitis, Connecticut residents who are not only known for fine shoes, but also their fine dairy venture in Litchfield, Arethusa Farm.

The two have been working for many months to open the restaurant/wine bar that shares space with its retail dairy store in an old firehouse on Bantam Road. While the unofficial “Sex and the City” Manolo Blahnik shoe hound, Sarah Jessica Parker, has yet to visit, the laid-back eatery with quality beers, an impressive wine list and five-star food featuring cheese, butter, ice cream and more from their farm, has already attracted celebs who have second homes in the tony Northwestern corner of the state. Among them, actress Polly Bergin, who, according to Manolo Blahnik’s CEO Malkemus, once designed her own line of shoes.

“We tavolo2are excited and happy to finally open,” said Malkemus. “And we want it to be a place for everyone. Come and enjoy.”

Admitting shoes will always be their first business passion, there is one other venture brewing.

Malkemus and Yurgaitis have teamed up with the shoe-savvy Ms. Parker and will launch a new line of shoes, bags and a signature ‘Manhattan Trench Coat” later this year. The “SJP” line will be sold exclusively at Nordstrom’s.

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